DefribrillatorCaroline Peacock writes:

“The village now has its own defibrillator – and the notice below tells you where it is and what the procedure for using it will be. This could save the life of someone having a heart attack, so do please take note of this new safeguard.”

“Save a LIFE” project

Hamsterley has been chosen as one of ten villages to have a Defibrillator. This project has been funded by LEADER and managed by the Village Halls Consortium. It has been sited on the outside of the village hall, ensuring availability at all times. The unit is housed in a key-coded cabinet which is alarmed and has a heater and charger to keep the defibrillator happy and safe. When the emergency number 999 is called for an ambulance for someone having cardiac difficulties, the operator will give the code to access the defibrillator.

The unit which has been chosen does not need any training to use it. However, a training session was given in early May by the North East Ambulance Trust for those interested in familiarising themselves with the equipment. This two hour session took place in the Village Hall and those who attended found it to be very relaxed and extremely informative. Please speak to someone who you know was on the course.

Another session could be arranged if you are interested or for further information, please contact: Heather Carroll on 488631

Our defibrillator has been very kindly installed free of charge by R. Lightfoot Ltd  (Electrical Contractors).

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